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New York - NYC Plans "Hot Dog" Task Force To Collect Millions Linked To Scofflaw Vendors

Published on: January 31, 2013 04:39 PM
By: VIN News by Glen Silver
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New York - In an effort to collect millions of dollars in unpaid fines racked up by sloppy, but cunning, New York City street vendors, Mayor Bloomberg plans to create a seven member team aimed at cracking down on scofflaws.

The New York Daily News (http://nydn.us/VqFKDb) is reporting that the team will cost the city $580,000 annually, but the Health Department estimates the city will collect at least that much in unpaid fines.

According to city officials, renegade mobile vendors routinely change business names or illegally rent their carts in order to skip out on fines—-which range up to $1,000 for code violations.

A 2010 study from the Independent Budget Office shockingly revealed that during a two year period less than $1 million was collected on the $15.8 million levied in fines ag ainst city food and street vendors.

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Street vendors claim they simply cannot afford to pay their fines, and that they are routinely harassed by city officials who seek to violate them instead of helping them meet city requirements.


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 Jan 31, 2013 at 04:44 PM Facts1 Says:

"Street vendors claim they simply cannot afford to pay their fines, and that they are routinely harassed by city officials who seek to violate them instead of helping them meet city requirements. "

True!

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 Jan 31, 2013 at 06:33 PM yaakov doe Says:

Are these violations Health Dept ones or for vending in a prohibited area?

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 Jan 31, 2013 at 07:39 PM play fair Says:

Anything thats helps NYC collect fees that are due helps make life a bit more fair for law abiding citizens. Most NYers paid their parking tickets and water fees for years while half of Brooklyn ignored these fees. Kudos to NYC for going after fee avoiders.

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 Jan 31, 2013 at 09:12 PM DACON9 Says:

THEY ARE FILTHY BREEDING GROUNDS OF EVERY DESEASE IN THE BOOK.
NO TOILETS BUT A BUCKET
no clean washing water for their hands.
and people say:
"but it tatse good"

like xtians say that they are the fast abreviated track of Judaism.
people are always making excuses for stupidity.

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 Jan 31, 2013 at 09:47 PM alcod Says:

$580,000 for a seven member team! That is $82,857.00 per person per year for tasting hot dogs. Where do I sign up for that type of a job.

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 Feb 01, 2013 at 02:12 PM Anonymous Says:

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alcod Says:

$580,000 for a seven member team! That is $82,857.00 per person per year for tasting hot dogs. Where do I sign up for that type of a job.

1. Really? the only cost to the city to run this program is the salaries, so just divide the budget by 7? It's that simple? (hint: NO, it is not).\
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2. Are you new to this country? You know nothing about civil service jobs?

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 Feb 01, 2013 at 02:13 PM Anonymous Says:

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alcod Says:

$580,000 for a seven member team! That is $82,857.00 per person per year for tasting hot dogs. Where do I sign up for that type of a job.

what made you think that the jobs was tasting hotdogs?

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 Feb 01, 2013 at 06:35 PM marcia Says:

Can they start with the HALAL trucks please?!

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 Feb 02, 2013 at 07:26 PM Anonymous Says:

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marcia Says:

Can they start with the HALAL trucks please?!

marcia Says: “ Can they start with the HALAL trucks please?! ”

What problem do you have with Halal trucks? and why you care anyway? do you patronize these trucks?

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